Veteran accused of assaulting doctor over alleged lack of treatment
By AMANDA THAMES | The Daily News, Jacksonville, N.C. (Tribune News Service) | Published: April 18, 2017
A veteran has been arrested after allegedly assaulting a doctor after claiming he has not received adequate help.
Kelly Gene Graham, 51, was arrested by the Jacksonville Police Department Friday and charged with felony assault causing physical injury of emergency personnel.
Graham is accused of assaulting Dr. Fayez Mikhail at Jacksonville Community Based Outpatient Clinic, a veteran’s administration clinic, according to warrants.
Mikhail made a voluntary witness statement on Thursday, the day of the alleged assault, and wrote that Graham, who he refers to as “veteran,” allegedly showed up around 2:12 p.m., more than 30 minutes late for his scheduled appointment.
Graham was told he wouldn’t be seen until other scheduled patients had been seen, and Mikhail met with him around 3:30 p.m., he wrote.
When asked how Mikhail could help him, Graham allegedly brought out a two-inch thick packet of information he wanted added to his records and asked for Oxycodone, Mikhail wrote.
When Mikhail suggested alternatives to the narcotic, Graham allegedly got agitated, his voice rising and cursed at the doctor, saying Mikhail hadn’t done anything for him, Mikhail wrote.
Mikhail walked into the hallway to request help, he wrote, when Graham allegedly followed him and shoved him into a wall, hurled more curses when another doctor stepped in, and left walking quickly.
Graham is accused of “body blocking” Mikhail with his shoulder and shoving the doctor into a wall which caused Mikhail’s right shoulder and head to hit the wall, leaving him dizzy and with a possible concussion, according to Graham’s warrant.
Mikhail was not transported for medical attention, according to the police department’s media liaison, Beth Purcell, and he reported the alleged incident after it occurred.
Graham was taken into custody without an issue the following day, Purcell said.
Information on Graham's military history was not listed in his court documents and Purcell said the police department did not have it.
His bond was set at $2,500 and he bonded out of jail on Saturday, according to court documents.
Graham said he would hire his own attorney, according to court documents, and his next court date is scheduled for May 8.
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